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Current Opportunities at Quaker Voluntary Service

Updated 20 JULY 2018

Executive Director Job Description

Job Title: Executive Director

Location: Position will be based in one of the current QVS cities: Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Portland, OR, or Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. This position requires significant travel and frequent evening and weekend work.  

General Statement: 

Quaker Voluntary Service seeks an individual called to provide Spirit-grounded leadership and vision in the Executive Director role, as this successful start-up organization enters its next sustaining phase of service across its many constituencies.

The ED articulates the organization’s vision and mission to both internal and external audiences.  The ED is also the chief executive officer of QVS and is responsible for the effective management of all of the organization’s affairs.  The ED ensures the effective supervision of all other staff.

Overall, this role involves major opportunities for developing, articulating, and communicating a clear and compelling vision and strategy for QVS, building and maintaining a motivated and effective QVS staff team, creating  strong relationships and partnerships with donors and other stakeholders, and for garnering the financial support needed to accomplish the QVS mission.

The Executive Director works closely with QVS  board members, officers, and committee members.  Major policy and budgetary decisions are made by the QVS Board with input from the ED.  The Executive Director effectively balances their own personal gifts of visioning, discernment, and planning with deep listening, careful consultation, and support for the growth and exercise of similar leadership gifts and skills by many others, both volunteers and staff.

The Executive Director of QVS must be either a member of the Religious Society of Friends or an active participant in a Quaker meeting or church and Friends activities and relations. This person must demonstrate an ability to manage a team with strong collaborative leadership skills. This person must demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and justice, and have the ability to relate well to diverse constituents, including Friends across theological branches. Excellent written and oral communication skills are needed along with a professional demeanor, self-motivated work habits, flexibility and strong organizational and people management skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy and Communication

  • Serve as the principal public face of QVS visiting Quaker meetings and churches and events and presenting QVS’s mission, goals, programs, and services. As well, the ED will do outreach to like-minded spiritual organizations and events.
  • Maintain a regular speaking and writing campaign to keep the QVS brand, presence, and position strong for recruiting and funding, and oversee communications and other staff in doing the same.
  • Clearly communicate “the big picture,” including important strategic initiatives, concerns, understandings, and ideas, to staff, Board members, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate passion for the mission and programs of QVS throughout the organization
  • Conduct periodic reviews/evaluations of QVS programs with recommendations for strategic moves going forward.
  • Direct major strategic initiatives.

Development and Fundraising

  • Lead the QVS Development Program, including working with staff, consultants, and Board members to plan and implement an effective development strategy.
  • Continue to grow a strong major donor program by identifying, cultivating relationships with, and soliciting contributions from active and potential donors who have the capacity to make very significant gifts to QVS. This requires frequent travel across the country to cultivate donor relationships.
  • Cultivate relationships with, and raise money from, foundation funding sources for support of existing and new QVS programs and projects. 
  • Successfully complete the $2.2 million campaign that is set to conclude in 2020, with support from staff, board, and the fundraising consultant.  

Management and Supervision

  • Recruit, hire, lead, and develop high quality staff.
  • Administer and manage QVS staff members within approved plans, budgets, and policies.
  • Meet in regular supervisory meetings with direct reports. Conduct annual performance reviews.  As necessary manage the process to terminate the employment of staff.

Financial and Legal Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Director of Operations in developing an annual budget proposal and a budget projection for review and approval by the Board. 
  • Ensure that QVS functions efficiently within the approved budget.
  • With the Director of Operations, ensure adequate and accurate accounting of all financial transactions and work with the Board Treasurer to provide regular financial reports to the Board.
  • Ensure that the organization is in full legal compliance with relevant state and federal laws, communicating as necessary with legal counsel.

Support for Board and Committees

  • Ensure that the Board, its committees, and its officers receive the information and support needed to facilitate faithful and effective board work and decision-making.
  • Attend all Board meetings and make appropriate reports.
  • With the board, recruit and cultivate new board members as needed.
  • Participate as an Ex Officio member of the Board of Directors

Hours:  Full Time (Exempt)
Supervisor:  The Executive Director is accountable to the QVS board.
Supervises:  The QVS Executive Director supervises the following direct reports:

  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Program
  • Development and Outreach Coordinator
  • Director of Equity and Inclusion (half-time)
  • Communications Coordinator (half-time)

Please note this organizational structure is open for assessment and possible modification.

Core Competencies

  • Passion for the mission and vision of the QVS program.
  • Familiarity with the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers and Quaker practices.
  • Commitment and ability to work across all branches of the Quaker faith community.
  • Commitment to social justice and advocacy work.
  • Commitment to racial justice and anti-oppression.
  • Creative problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit and attitude.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask.
  • Commitment to spiritual practice and ability to foster a spiritually grounded organizational culture.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to easily build new relationships and manage conflict.
  • Self-directed and goal-oriented; informed by organizational needs and mission.
  • Fundraising expertise, including major donor relations.
  • Ability to manage a budget and balance the practical with the ideal.


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience in supervision/management of staff and teams required.
  • Experience working in multicultural communities and with a wide variety of people.
  • Significant successful fundraising and development experience will be prioritized.


Salary range for this position is $55,000-$75,000 annually, depending on experience and location. Full health, dental and vision benefits, and access to a 403b retirement plan.

QVS reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way QVS desires. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at-will.” Quaker Voluntary Service is an equal opportunity employer.

QVS is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. This policy prohibits discrimination on all legally-recognized bases including, but not limited to, race, creed, color, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, family relationship, disability, national origin or service in the uniformed services.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter/statement of interest and current resume to [email protected] Please note that we will ask for references if you progress to the finalist stage. We will review applications as they are received and will give priority to those received by August 25.

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QVS is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. This policy prohibits discrimination on all legally-recognized bases including, but not limited to, race, creed, color, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, family relationship, disability, national origin or service in the uniformed services.

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